Innocende “Inde” Patterson, a 13 year old 8th grader from Moon Area Middle School recently organized a coat drive through One Warm Coat for her Confirmation Program Community Service Requirement at St. Margaret Mary Parish. Inde contacted the Moon Township K-Mart and her swimming club to place collection bins in those establishments and distributed collection bags to 180 households in her neighborhood. She collected 108 new and gently used coats which were donated to the Franklin Center on December 29th, 2016.
One Warm Coat acts as a national clearinghouse for coat drives and connects drive organizers with organizations which distribute the coats to needy families. One Warm Coat supports over 3,000 coat drives nationally each year. The Franklin Center has partnered with One Warm Coat for the past five years to distribute gently used coats to needy individuals and families.